Kinds Of Fears
( Originally Published Early 1900's )
Fear of Self: timidity, lack of confidence, possible unaccountable states.
Fear for Self: weakness, anticipated failure, imagined disgrace.
Fear of Things: animals, inanimate objects, physical forces.
Fear of Others: human beings, apparitions, devils, Deity.
Fear for Others: children, parents, husband, wife, relatives, friends, strangers.
Fear of Events: present, future, imaginary, possible, probable, contingent.
Fear of the Future: in life; beyond the present life.
Instinct and reason strive to place us in right relations with all these causes. The existence in us of fear shows that we already are, either in mind or in fact, in wrong relations therewith.
The mastery of fear involves the discovery of right relations, mental or concrete, and the placing of self in those right conditions which are determined and provided for by the ground-plan of our nature.
And the first thing thus provided for is health. All treatment for the conquest of our universal enemy must begin with development of individual toge: tone of body, tone of mind, tone of the deeper self.
I am not writing for those who are constitutionally fearless, but I have in mind all who do yield to the feeling of fear. Our ideal, however, is not a mere animal courage, not the courage of insensibility. It is rather the courage of the whole man or woman making for the white life. If you are only partially yourself, you cannot possess the highest courage. Such courage may be yours, infallibly, if you will but resolve for the goal and go on into the great ideals of the harmonic personality. This you can do -- anyone can do. And to come thereto is the greatest thing in the world.
You are invited, then, to begin by substituting in your thought the idea of self-preserving reason for any kind of fear (even the so-called normal) as your perpetual guard and guide. Make it a profound conviction of your deepest self that no real harm can come to that self because you have entered the highway of the white life — the life of purity, reason, honor, good-will, and confident assurance. Swing your life into the unfolding and infolding of the Infinite White Life of Fear and Reason. 25 Worlds. Courage will become to you the very breath of your lungs.
I send you this sure message: